Playlist: 20 Songs For January 2015

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My first monthly playlist of 2015 includes new music from Sleater-Kinney, Viet Cong and The Decemberists along with some deep tracks from St. Vincent, Can, Nick Lowe, and more.

Here are my 20 songs for January 2015:

1. Cat Power – “The Greatest”

2. Parquet Courts – “Stoned and Starving”

3. The Breeders – “Drivin’ On 9”

4. Bully – “Milkman”

5. Madonna – “Hung Up”

6. Thea & The Wild – “Strangers and Lovers”

7. St. Vincent – “Champagne Year”

8. Nirvana – “Oh Me”

9. Arctic Monkeys – “Dance Little Liar”

10. American Football – “Never Meant”

11. Sleater-Kinney – “No Cities To Love”

12. Viet Cong – “March of Progress”

13. The Decemberists – “Philomena”

14. Jose Gonzalez – “Leaf Off / The Cave”

15. Sharon Van Etten – “I Don’t Want to Let You Down”

16. Can – “Vitamin C”

17. Belle & Sebastian – “Nobody’s Empire”

18. Daniel Johnston – “Life In Vain”

19. Nick Lowe – “The Beast In Me”

20. Cloakroom – “Outta Spite”

 

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Week In Review (1/23/15)

Get excited for the new Toro Y Moi album.

What For? comes out April 7th via Carpark Records.

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Daniela Andrade does Childish Gambino right with this acoustic cover of “Telegraph Ave / Sober”

A great acoustic cover of a rap song is a beautiful thing.

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Another great Title Fight song to get you excited for their upcoming new album…

Listen here via Stereogum.

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…And another great Quarterbacks song to get you excited for the American Football-inspired emo revival (which isn’t a bad thing).

Listen here via NPR.

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Gengahr – “She’s A Witch”

How do you pronounce it? Eh who cares, I dig this song.

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Sharon Van Etten already rules 2015

As if 2014 wasn’t a big enough year for her. Hopefully “I Don’t Want to Let You Down” is an indication of a new album in 2015.

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The first album of 2015 that I love is a 4-way-tie between Viet Cong’s debut, Sleater-Kinney’s reunion, Belle & Sebastian’s dance-party, and Cloakroom’s shoegaze

Do yourself a favor and listen to all these albums (they’re all up on Spotify). The Sidekicks also get a shout out for their great new album that you should also check out on Spotify.

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Little Daylight – “Be Long (Twice As Nice Remix)”

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Imagine a less annoying, but still strange, Death Grips song that you really liked and you get Liturgy’s “Quetzalcoatl”

The Ark Work comes out March 24th via Thrill Jockey Records.

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Alex Winston – “We Got Nothing”

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I have no idea how to describe this new Ava Luna song but it’s so great and unique that you should really listen to it like right now

New album coming out this year!

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With a song this catchy, Allie X is allowed to make its music video as trippy as possible

But seriously, where do you get those glasses?

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If this song sounds like 1960’s garage psychedelics, it’s because this band is one of the founders of 1960’s garage psychedelics

The band that brought you “Strychnine” still kicks ass after all these years.

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The Rotaries – “Town Light”

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Roy English – “Julianne”

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Week In Review: (1/16/15)

Natalie Prass – “My Baby Don’t Understand Me”

She paid her dues from playing in Jenny Lewis’s backing band, but this year she’s making a name for herself. It’s folk-pop with a orchestra touch similar to Sufjan Stevens (who happens to have a new album coming out this year). Be on the lookout for her to make some big moves this year.

 Laura Groves Is Actually What You’re Thinking Of When People Compare HAIM to Fleetwood Mac

Or maybe this is just straight up Stevie Nicks. Either way, this song is great.

You Blew It! Had A Great 2014, And 2015 Is Looking Good Too

The band’s new EP Pioneer of Nothing comes out Jan. 27th.

Claremont – “Dindi”

https://soundcloud.com/midnight-side/claremont-dindi

Read more about this up and coming musician via Pigeons & Planes.

Want Your Next Song To Get Lots Of Buzz? Film Your Next Music Video At Target

And pretend to be a Target employee like Nedelle Torrisi did.

Fear Of Men Filmed Themselves On Their Last American Tour And It’s Oddly Beautiful To Watch

Makes you think of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” in a strange way.

Speaking Of Bands Filming Themselves, Thea & The Wild Takes You Behind The Scenes Before, During, And After A Show

This band is already huge in Norway and is just now getting good buzz in the UK, so make sure to keep an eye on these guys when they (hopefully) make it big state-side. This came to me via Cultured Vultures.

If Art-Punk Is Still A Thing, Than Krill Is My Favorite Art-Punk Band Of 2015 So Far

It reminds me of Sonic Youth and Yes, but AT THE SAME TIME YES!

Fort Lean – “I Don’t Mind”

New album Quiet Days comes out this Spring.

Mocky – “Sweet Things”

This producer, who originates from Berlin but now lives in L.A., is able to repeat one line (“Keep giving me sweet things”) over and over but makes it engaging and soulful each time with his nice 70’s throwback touch.

Day Wave Is The Sound Of Mac DeMarco If He Were A Surfer Bro

I mean, this track is so totally laid back, man.

The Juliana Hatfield Three, Your Favorite 90’s Band That You Haven’t Heard Yet, Is Reuniting!

Check out the killer “Ordinary Guy” and get excited.

Empty Houses – “Far Away”

Empty Houses is a new jangle-pop-with-a-hint-of-Motown band that includes Fireworks frontman David Mackinder.

Watch All Of Sleater-Kinney’s Famous Friends Sing Along To Their New Song “No Cities To Love”

Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Gerard Way, Connie Britton, Miranda July, Fred Armisen, J Mascis, Vanessa Bayer, Ellen Page, Natasha Lyonne, and more audition for Portlandia.

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Headphone Nation’s Year In Review: 2014

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What better way to end 2014 than to give out some superlatives? As with any sort of end-of-year review, these awards reflect my personal taste and shouldn’t be taken as the final say on the year. Really my hope is that you’ll check out some new music that that you’d otherwise miss.

Also, make sure to click on the album cover for a link to a song off that album.

Alright, let’s begin.

 

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